Welcome to the Junior Leadership Team section.
Why Have We Created a Junior Leadership Team?
At Richard Lee Primary School, pupils’ voices are highly valued and they are given opportunities to share their opinions regarding decisions which naturally impact upon them. Many of the children at our school often provide adults with different perspectives on current issues and future improvements, and have some fantastic, innovative ideas for how to maintain a fun, safe and exciting learning environment. Meaningful opportunities to extend pupil involvement in school decision making have been put into place through the creation of a Junior Leadership Team; this is a team of 12 pupils who work in collaboration with Mr Daly - one of our Assistant Headteachers.
How Did We Create the Junior Leadership Team?
Normally, the members of the Junior Leadership Team are chosen during class elections, which reflect our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action. Each member of Key Stage 2 is given an opportunity to fill out an application form for their teacher, stating the reasons why they feel they would make an excellent class representative. A handful of successful applicants are then given the chance to make a persuasive speech in front of their classmates, to share their skills and reasons to be chosen. Each class teacher then organises a class election, and the successful candidates are announced during a school assembly.
What's Different This Year?
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we weren't able to have a JLT last year (the 2020-2021 school year). However, this year, we made the decision to re-start the Junior Leadership Team with children selected from classes in Years 5 and 6. These children have been selected by their teachers as role models for the school. Next year, we look forward to returning to class elections.
What Does Being a Member of the Team Involve?
The children attend regular meetings and discuss key issues and upcoming school projects. They have opportunities to update their classmates with key areas of discussion from the meetings, listen to class feedback and collect opinions to share in future meetings.
The Junior Leadership Team have a number of exciting opportunities lined up for 2022. We will keep you posted in the school newsletter and here.